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What: Car wrecks killed 9 teens per day in

the history of Central of Georgia Railroad and the Roundhouse. Tu-Sat 11am, 1pm, & 2pm. Sun 1pm & 2pm. When: Wed. Aug. 3, Thu. Aug. 4, Fri. Aug. 5, Sat. Aug. 6, Sun. Aug. 7 Where: Georgia State Railroad Museum/The Roundhouse, 601 W. Harris St. Cost: Free with $10 museum admission/$4 ages 2-6 Info: 912-651-6823. http://chsgeorgia.org/

the US in 2009. Don’t be a statistic. Info on dangerous decisions behind the wheel & new teen driving laws. Sponsored by Chatham County Youth Commission. Parent/guardian must attend first 2 hrs. When: Thu. Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center, Montgomery & Liberty Streets Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-652-7886. http://www.chathamyouth.org/

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years that the Scarbrough House spent as West Broad Street School, the first city-supported school for black students. Sundays free to Chatham Cty residents. When: Wed. Aug. 3, Thu. Aug. 4, Fri. Aug. 5, Sat. Aug. 6, Sun. Aug. 7, Tue. Aug. 9, Wed. Aug. 10 Where: Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr Blvd. Cost: $8/gen, $6 student/senior/military Info: 912-232-1511. http://www.shipsofthesea.org/

What: A no-agenda gathering for writers,

Singer/songwriter Jan Spillane performs Aug. 5 at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill. The free, multi-band event is a benefit for the Wounded Warriors program, in aid of American servicemen and women.

Dog Wash to Benefit the Humane Society

What: Get your dogs washed by volunteers

from Avail Tattoo. Tattoo discounts to anyone who brings a dog for a scrubdown. When: Wed. Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. Cost: $5 per dirty dog Info: http://humanesocietySAV.org/

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sights and stories resulting from her mother’s friendship with the late Helen Hayes, whose career included two Oscars and three Tonys. When: Wed. Aug. 3, 12 p.m. Where: Learning Center at Senior Citizens, 3025 Bull St. Cost: $5 members, $10 visitors Info: http://www.seniorcitizens-inc.org/tlc

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Kick Off for “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” What:

The American Diabetes Association

kicks off its 19th annual fundraising and awareness-raising campaign with a team captain rally. When: Wed. Aug. 3, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay Street Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-353-8110

Film: “To My Great Chagrin: Brother Theodore” What: From concentration camp survivor to

iconoclastic comedian in the 1950s and 60s, this rare documentary takes a closer look into the life of the man known as Brother Theodore. When: Wed. Aug. 3, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: http://www.sentientbean.com/

aspiring writers, friends of writers and people who like writers. When: Thu. Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Where: Abe’s On Lincoln, 17 Lincoln St., Cost: Free and open to the public Info: http://SeersuckerLive.com/

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Film: “Carbon Nation”

What: US Green Building Council presents

“An inspirational, optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film.” Followed by a cocktail reception and Q&A with director/producer Peter Byck. When: Thu. Aug. 4, 6 p.m. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. Cost: Gen. Adm. $10/adv, $15/door Info: http://www.usgbcga.org/

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pressive Side Under the Oaks.” Visual, performing & culinary arts, music, & a raffle. Featuring 20+ galleries, shops & eateries. When: Fri. Aug. 5, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Where: Tybee North End Shopping District, Highway 80, Tybee Island Cost: Free and open to the public

and public Open House. Considering coworking? Come for lunch, stay for facility tours and a workspace sharing trial run. Wrap up with ThincSavannah Happy Hour. When: Tue. Aug. 9 Where: ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-544-1200. http://www.thincsavannah.com/

Theater: “Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical”

What: Savannah middle schoolers sing, dance, and act in this stage adaptation of the megahit 2008 made-for-TV movie. An end-of-theater-camp show. When: Fri. Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Sat. Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Sun. Aug. 7, 3 p.m. Where: Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Dr. Cost: $12-$15 Info: 912-238-9015.

Theater: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

What: Savannah Children’s Theater’s

end-of-theater-camp production starring Savannah’s most talented teen performers in this classic Broadway musical. When: Fri. Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Sat. Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Sun. Aug. 7, 3 p.m. Where: Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Dr. Cost: $12-$15 Info: 912-238-9015. http://www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org/

Barry Brogan & Lee Tyler Post What: First Friday for Folk Concert.

Brogan plays 6- and 12-string and bottleneck slide roots guitar. Post’s “Rock & Soul” singer/songwriter style blends rock Americana and southern blues. When: Fri. Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cost: $2 donation Info: http://www.savannahfolk.org/

Wounded Warrior Benefit

What: Jan Spillane, Greenhouse Band

and others perform in honor of American servicemen and women. When: Fri. Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Where: J.F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill Cost: Free (donations accepted) Info: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Comedy: Derrick Tennant

What: Left Arm Comedy’s Tennant

with special guests. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. When: Fri. Aug. 5, 8 p.m. Where: Bay St. Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. Cost: $10 Info: www.savannahcomedyrevue.com/

Screening Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Sentient Bean, Marshall Curry’s documentary If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front tells the story of a group of radical environmentalists - an organization the FBI calls “America’s Number One domestic terrorism threat.” The 8 p.m. showing is sponsored by Savannah’s Psychotronic Film Society.

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What: Start your weekend with a bang

at the Riverfront Association’s monthly first friday fireworks display. When: Fri. Aug. 5, 9:30 p.m. Where: River Street Cost: Free and open to the public Info: http://www.riverstreetsavannah. com/

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Sunday Film: “Meek’s Cutoff” (US, 2011)

Saturday Farmers Market

What: The Forsyth Park farmers

market features locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs and other items. When: Sat. Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: South end of Forsyth Park, Park & Bull St. Cost: None Info: http://www.forsythfarmersmarket.org/

Evening in Monte Carlo

What: 7th annual bash presented by

the William Jay Society. Test your casino skills while enjoying cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a fabulous silent auction. Benefit for Telfair Museums. When: Sat. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. Cost: $75/members. $85/nonmembers. $125/patrons. Info: 912-790-8869. http://www.telfair. org/

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What: Local blues guitarists Eric Culberson, Georgia Kyle & Roy Swindell play museum–model cigar box guitars in the museum garden. Video appearances by Richard Leo Johnson and Scott Ainslie.

What: This gritty “feminist Western”

generated a lot of buzz at Sundance this year. Stars Michelle Williams in a tale about a lost wagon train in the pioneer days. The “Movies Savannah Missed” series. When: Sun. Aug. 7, 2, 5 & 8 p.m. Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Cost: $8 Info: http://www.musesavannah.org/

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Monday Savannah/Chatham County Unified Zoning Ordinance Open House

What: Metropolitan Planning Commis-

sion planners discuss the proposed rewrite of the local zoning ordinance. Bring your questions and feedback. When: Every Monday in August, 5-6:30 p.m. Where: Metropolitan Planning Commission, 112 E. State St. Cost: Free and open to the public INFO: www.thempc.org

Savannah Writers Group Critiquing Party

What: Bring up to five double-spaced pages of your writing for sharing and gentle critiquing. Readings are scheduled on a first come, first served basis using a sign-up sheet. Email SWG: caroljnorth@yahoo.com When: Tue. Aug. 9, 7 p.m. Where: Books-A-Million, 8108 Abercorn St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-341-9592. http://carolnorth. com/SWG.htm

Tongue: Open Mouth and Music Show What: A poetry and music open mic

with an emphasis on new, original, thoughtful work. Your best 4 minute presentation. Sign up at 7:30. Show starts at 8. When: Tue. Aug. 9 Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Info: 912-232-4447. http://www.sentientbean.com/

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Wednesday Downtown Business Assoc. Monthly Lunch & Lecture

What: Speaker is Patrick Graham, Ex-

ecutive Director, Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Register at savannahdba.com When: Wed. Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Westin Savannah Harbor, 1 Resort Dr., Hutchinson Island Cost: $25/members, $35/non-members

Low-Cost Pet Micro-chip Clinic What: Never lose your pet. Humane

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In this age of downloaded music, kids will never know the delightful serendipity of hanging out in a record store and being turned onto a great band they’ve never heard of, all because a store employee chose to play that particular album in that particular hour of that particular day. (And they’ll probably never have to write a summertime filler column. See where I’m going with this?) Generation Download will also probably never know the addictive pleasure of the famous “desert island discs” debate, i.e., which albums you’d take if you had to be stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life (a desert island apparently equipped with reliable electricity). The great thing about the debate is that it’s not at all about what you think are the best albums, just the ones that you yourself find yourself listening to over and over again. The Beatles might be the best thing ever – I just don’t want to hear them all the time. Sue me. Anyway, in order to take a much–needed break from serious stuff, here’s my own list of Desert Island Discs. Most of these lists tend to lean heavily toward the music of the listmaker’s youth, and that seems to be the case here. Laugh/scoff/make fun of my dated taste at your pleasure: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Global a Go–Go – Debut from the late, great former Clash frontman and his erstwhile backing band is a pitch–perfect mix of Afrobeat, bhangra, reggae, ska, punk, rock, and trad Irish that only Strummer could pull off. Frank Black, Fast Man/Raider Man – Not sure what all I was listening to in the early ’90s but apparently it wasn’t the Pixies. It took local musician and show promoter Jim Reed bringing Frank Black to Savannah on a solo tour a few years ago to turn me onto this fiendishly brilliant and distinctively American songwriter. This double album is great road trip music too. Buddy Guy, Sweet Tea – My wife and I both fell hard for this album on a road trip when we stopped in a bar

in Pensacola where it was playing with the bass cranked up unbelievably loud. Who knew subwoofers are great for blues too? I bet Buddy did...

Black Crowes, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion – Ridiculously heady collection of guitar–driven Georgia hippie blues, with a Marley cover thrown in. The Clash, London Calling – Strummer again. If you gotta ask why this is on the list, there’s no hope. Also my vote for best double album ever made, though again, “best” doesn’t matter in desert island discs. Iron Maiden, Killers – The birth of speed metal in this 1981 sophomore effort from the Irons, with original vocalist Paul Di’Anno rather than the overwrought Bruce Dickinson. As the title indicates, lyrically it’s about little else but stalkers and ax murderers, but musically it’s crack and meth put together, with the two lead guitars frantically and mostly unsuccessfully trying to keep up with the skull–crushing drums.

Los Lobos, Kiko – Beautiful, wide– ranging Latin–influenced rock, blues and soul in this 1992 release from the East LA ensemble that is amazingly now entering its fifth decade and still going strong. Peter Tosh, Captured Live – There will never be another Bob Marley, but I’ve always found the Steppin’ Razor’s everyman sensibility more accessible. Unlike Tosh’s easygoing ganja–haze vocal style in the studio, his more robust singing on this 1984 album recorded at L.A.’s Greek Theatre is remarkable for its sheer alpha male presence.

U.F.O., Strangers in the Night –– Love at first listen when the staff played this at the old Record Bar in Oglethorpe Mall. Easily the most underrated hard rock guitarist, Michael Schenker – older brother of The Scorpions’ Rudy – puts on a tour de force of soulful blues combined with rock chops in this 1979 live album by this very influential band, a progenitor of the new wave of British metal.

Bassekou Kouyate, I Speak Fula – This Malian genius pretty much gets my vote for best musician in the world. Thanks again to the Savannah Music Festival for bringing him to town and supporting African music – the first music. R.E.M., Chronic Town – Proving the power of entropy as well as the power of hearing an album for the first time in the Wuxtry store in downtown Athens, their debut EP is still my favorite R.E.M. release. (On a related note, it’s exciting that the iconic Georgia Theatre in Athens re–opens this week, after its post–fire renovation.)

Rockers Soundtrack – Soundtracks and greatest hits collections are usually considered out of bounds for a desert island disc list, but I’m making an executive decision on this collection of early ska/reggae from Jamaican masters like Gregory Isaacs and Junior Murvin. These tunes graced the eccentric and totally awesome 1979 film Rockers, sort of an early version of reality TV set in Jamaica and starring many of the same musicians, who play themselves in delightful fashion. A must–see film as well as a must–have disc. CS


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The new normal demands old ideas Weird. Immature. Eccentric. Irresponsible. Reckless. Odd. Undignified. These words are used to describe people who, by choice, use bicycles for transportation. They ride their bikes to work, to the store or to class even when the weather’s bad and even though they own perfectly functional automobiles. Why do people subject themselves to the heat, the humidity, the car traffic and the disapproving glances? Riding a bike for fitness is one thing – that’s what spinning classes are for, right? But pretending a bike is a car? That’s not normal. Let’s examine what is considered normal. In Chatham County, a normal round trip commute takes 41.6 minutes. This obviously ignores commuters driving in daily from Effingham, Bryan, Liberty, Jasper and Beaufort counties to their jobs in Savannah. They spend even more of their lives behind the wheel. A significant portion of these trips is made in single occupant vehicles of sizes and configurations once mainly found on farms, ranches or construction sites. And this is during a time that gasoline prices fluctuate wildly, but are currently hovering around $3.60 a gallon. This is considered normal. On the other side of the spectrum are those who don’t cross county or state lines on the way to work. In fact, they may not even cross aldermanic districts. As Savannah Bicycle Campaign Executive Director Frank McIntosh pointed out in his column last month, 40 percent of trips made in urban areas are two miles or less, yet the vast majority of people use their automobiles for all of these short trips even when the weather is nice and even in one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Meanwhile, the obesity rate in our state has doubled in the last 15 years. This is also considered normal. There’s been a lot of talk recently about how to contend with the coming of a “new normal,” a phrase that’s used to describe everything from our beleaguered economy to our changing climate. The new normal, some suggest, requires a return to the old normal. Or to put it another way, forward– looking folks are becoming early adopt-

ers of old technology as a strategy for maintaining and improving their quality of life in time of uncertainty. Bicycles are a key component of the new normal equation. People right here in Savannah are using their bicycles for fun and fitness, yes, but also to get where they need to go and to get things done. Like their fellow citizens all over the country, they are beginning to view the bicycle as a tool to improve their commutes, their personal finances, their health, their attitudes and their neighborhoods. Doubt it? Let’s visit the aisles (or at least the websites) of the big box stores. We are just browsing, mind you. Better to buy from one of our fine local bicycle shops, where we’ll get much more for our money and ensure more of our money stays here in our community. Still, let’s see what’s out there. Believe it or not, the big retailers are starting to stock bicycles that come complete with fenders, chain guards, lights, cargo racks and other features making them well suited for commuting and running errands. Even the nation’s largest grocery retailer will sell you a Dutch–style city bike. Does the idea of large numbers of normal Savannahians using normal bicycles for normal daily trips sound far–fetched? I direct your attention to local people, who previously limited their agricultural exploits to pushing lawnmowers, but are now harvesting vegetables from their own gardens. Regard the shoppers, who bring reusable bags not just to the supermarket, but also to every store they visit in Savannah. Think about area residents, including one “food celebrity” with millions of television viewers and restaurant customers, who keep chickens in their backyards. Consider the local families who are buying food directly from the farmers who grew it. How much of this would have been considered normal just five years ago? Not much, probably. Fifty years ago? All of it - except for the concept of a food celebrity. As transportational cycling increases, we will begin to think differently about our neighbors, who handle the business of daily life by bike. What words will we use to describe them? Responsible. Reasonable. Practical. Resourceful. Smart. Healthy. Normal. CS


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Back in early July, a multi–car accident on Interstate 516 that hospitalized one woman also lead to a destroyed police car and a damaged fire truck.

It was a Sunday morning when the 26 year–old woman was heading eastbound on 516. She swerved into the left lane and sideswiped another vehicle. The vehicle in the left lane was pushed across the median where it collided with an SUV headed westbound. The woman was cited with failure to maintain lane. Her car and the SUV were destroyed. At the scene of the accident, an officer was driving across the median to stop traffic in the opposite direction. When he stopped in the median to allow a vehicle to pass by, his cruiser became immobilized. Heat from the car set tall, dry grass on fire. The officer attempted to push the car out of the way, but it ignited in flames and

burned completely. A second patrol car at the scene was parked in the median when it’s transmission popped into gear and it rolled backwards into a nearby fire truck that was on the scene trying to extinguish the first car, which was in engulfed in flames. The highway was closed for several hours. The traffic division investigated. • The day after the police car on fire, SCMPD officers carried out a raid on counterfeiters selling fraudulent merchandise at Keller’s Flea Market. Police arrested a man and woman from Florida, seizing more than 1,000 items. More than 35 officers fanned out across the complex, shutting down 10 booths simultaneously. While the flea market remained open, man shoppers were confused and scared. Some shoppers walked away from bags of legally purchased merchandise. Police contacted the owners and attempted to return the items. Among the counterfeit items seized were sunglasses, and various items with Disney or Warner Brothers labels. The counterfeit items are in storage and will be destroyed after the

investigation. • Residents saw two men breaking into a home and immediately called police. It was shortly before 5 p.m. Officer on the scene sent out the description provided by the neighbors, and within minutes officers several blocks away spotted men fitting the description. One of the men was wearing pink shorts, the other was in blue jeans. They split off from one another so officers set up two perimeters. A chase ensued for one of the young men and a passing vehicle struck an officer who was in pursuit of the suspect. The officer was treated at the scene for injuries to his knee and hand. • A man called police to report that someone had been shooting at him and bumping his car with theirs. Police arrested the young man after discovering that he had fabricated the story in order to explain damage to the car, which was not actually his. He was charged with

theft by taking after going to a car dealership, selecting a vehicle for a test drive and never returning. Police were called just after midnight, and they responded to a scene on the Truman Parkway, where they found two men hiding near a tan sedan. They told the officers that they’d been visiting friends when people in another vehicle pulled up, struck their car and then pursued them. During the chase, the mystery assailants also fired shots at the pair. Officers found no signs of bullet marks on the car, found no reports of gun shots in the neighborhood they claimed to have been chased through, and no signs that the vehicle had been driven across a median, as the men claimed. One of the men admitted taking the car from a dealership and then making up the story. CS Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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A More Reputable Career: Thomas Heathfield was a well-paid banking consultant with a promising career in Maidenhead, England, but gave it up this year to move to South Africa and endure rigorous training as a “sangoma” (“witch doctor”). After five months of studying siSwati language, sleeping in the bush, hunting for animal parts, vomiting up goats’ blood and learning native dances, Heathfield, 32, was given a new name, Gogo Mndawe, and is now qualified to read bones and prescribe herbal cures (among the skills expected of sangomas by the roughly 50 percent of South Africa’s population that reveres them). He admitted concern about his acceptance as a white man calling out African spirits, “but when (the people) see (me) dance, perhaps those questions go away.”

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• “Hundreds” of blondes paraded through Riga, Latvia, on May 28 at the third annual “March of the Blondes” festival designed to lift the country’s spirits following a rough stretch for the economy. More than 500 blondes registered, including 15 from New Zealand, seven from Finland and 32 from Lithuania, according to a woman who told Agence France-Presse that she was the head of the Latvian Association of Blondes. Money collected during the event goes to local charities. • Snakes on a Train! A clumsy smuggler (who managed to get away) failed to contain the dozens of king cobras and other snakes he was transporting from

hotel, which had become a mecca for Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Hanoi celebrities visiting Rome. (probably to be sold illegally to restaurants). After panic broke out on the train Questionable Judgments and police were called, the snakes were collected and turned over to a sanctuary. • The Talented Mr. Zhou: Zhou Xin, (Upscale restaurants can charge as much 68, failed to get a callback from the judges as the equivalent of $500 for a meal of for the China’s Got Talent TV reality show king cobra, beginning with the selecin June, according to a CNN report (after tion of the snake, and having it killed at judge Annie Yi screamed in horror at tableside, on to a serving of a snake’shis act). Zhou is a practitioner of one of blood appetizer. In one survey, 84 percent the “72 Shaolin skills,” namely “iron of Hanoi’s restaurants were serving illegal crotch gong,” and for his “talent,” he wild animals of some sort, including stoically whacked himself in the weasel, monitor lizard and porcutesticles with a weight and then pine.) with a hammer. You might want to take • The elegant, expansive, Latest Religious Messages the elevator, gleaming new glass-andladies! • The Envy of U.S. Televangeconcrete indoor stairway lists: In July, after India’s Supreme at the Common Pleas Court ordered an inventory, a Courthouse in Columbus, Hindu temple in Trivandrum Ohio, opened recently to was found to contain at least $22 mostly rave reviews for its sense billion worth of gold, diamonds and of space and light, creating the jeweled statues given as offerings to feeling of walking suspended on the deity by worshippers over several air. However, as Judge Julie Lynch centuries. The wealth was until now and other women soon discovbelieved to be the property of India’s ered, the glass partitions at each royal family, but the Supreme Court step make it easy for perverts to ruling turns it over to India’s people. gawk from underneath at dress-wearing Authorities believe the “$22 billion” figure women using the stairs. “(Y)ou’re on is conservative. notice,” Judge Lynch warned her sister • The notorious Santa Croce monastery dress-wearers, “that you might want to in Rome was closed in May (and contake the elevator.” verted to an ordinary church) on orders • Pablo Borgen has apparently been from the Vatican following reports about living without neighbors’ complaints in Sister Anna Nobili, a former lap-dancer Lakeland, Fla., despite general knowledge who taught other nuns her skills and who that he is, according to sheriff ’s officials, was once seen lying spread-eagled before one of the area’s major heroin traffickers, an altar clutching a crucifix. Santa Croce bringing in tens of thousands of dollars was also an embarrassment for its luxury a month. Following a drug sting in June,

however, neighbors discovered another fact about Borgen: that he and some of his gang were each drawing $900 a month in food stamps. • Roy Miracle, 80, of Newark, Ohio, passed away in July, and his family honored him and his years of service as a prankster and superfan of the Ohio State Buckeyes with a commemorative photo of three of Miracle’s fellow obsessives making contorted-body representations of “O,” “H” and “O” for their traditional visual cheer. In the photo, Miracle assumed his usual position as the “I” - or, rather, his corpse did. (Despite some criticism, most family and friends thought Miracle was properly honored.)

Cutting-Edge Research

It’s good to be an Arizona State University student, where those 21 and older can earn $60 a night by getting drunk. Psychology professor Will Corbin, operating with National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grants, conducts studies of drunk students’ memories, response times and decision-making processes through extensive questioning - after he has raised their blood-alcohol level to precisely 0.08 percent (which Arizona regards as presumed-impaired for drivers). Students are served one type of vodka cocktail, three drinks’ worth, in a bar-like room on campus, and after 15 minutes to let the alcohol be absorbed, the questioning and testing begin. (At the end of the night, taxis are called for the students.) CS By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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us on Wednesdays for n i o J an all-you-can-eat Hand sanitizer dispensers have been appearing in restrooms in my area. Recently, my employer installed one in the men’s room near the sink. It’s unclear to me if it’s intended as a substitute for hand washing or a supplement. Would you please enlighten your readers concerning the proper use of this stuff? While you’re at it, does hand sanitizer really work, or is it just a fad? —Tom Meyer, Mercerville, New Jersey You’ve got a point. Nobody really knows how to use hand sanitizers. Proper labeling should be mandated by OSHA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the World Bank. Knowing how slowly bureaucracies work, however, I’ve drawn up the following emergency instructions. The hand sanitizer industry should feel free to post this above every dispenser, so that the public may be informed. “HAND SANITIZER—INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE “1. To use: (a) Squirt product on hands. (b) Rub together till dry. (c) Stop. “2. The idea is that the sanitizer will evaporate without rinsing or towels, making it possible to rid your hands of germs when there’s no bathroom in the vicinity. Studies say this stuff works as well as soap and water. However, we aren’t claiming it works better than soap and water (or anyway most of us aren’t; see below). So if you’re a corporate facilities manager putting hand sanitizer in the washrooms next to the sinks, you’re unclear on the concept, schmuck. “3. Seriously, Lady Macbeth, quit rubbing. You’re making us nervous. “4. Sanitizing your hands is different from cleaning them. If you’re covered with grime after changing the crankshaft on the Maserati, you’re going to want soap. As it happens, the maker of Purell, the leading hand sanitizer, also makes a grease-cutting semiliquid soap called GoJo that’s popular with mechan-

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At 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 Coach’s Corner, 3016 E. Victory Drive The lines are thinning between musical genres, if you haven’t noticed, and the sort of tortured R&B and blues coming out of the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi now fits very comfortably alongside hardscrabble honky tonk and what people in 23rd–floor journo offices like to call alt–country. Which brings us to this band, a longtime Athens favorite. Franck has a marvelously expressive voice that can tear your heart out one minute, and kick some roadhouse ass the very next. Acoustically, she’s got a sweet, Emmylou–esque vibe, but when the band kicks in, Franck is all business. She’s been compared to Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams, and that kind of love is hard to argue with. See bareknuckleband.net

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At 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. Recently graduated from Surfdog Records to the LAW label (home to Savannah’s own Passafire), this high energy, Maryland– based reggae–rock outfit has a new album (its fifth) about to drop any minute. “Simplicity is key,” Ballyhoo! Singer/guitarist Howi Spangler said a few months ago. “I think if you try to overthink things it’ll start getting out of hand. I write about everything that happens to me, which in turn happens to millions of other people as well. I think the subject matter naturally comes out relatable and people can get into it. “Melodically, I try to come up with the best stuff I can to hook you in and pull at your heartstrings. I’ve been moved by many songs because of the way the vocal melodies are.” See ballyhoorocks.com

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Florida–born honky tonker Kenneth Brian and his band are at the Jinx Aug. 6. This singer/songwriter’s latest album was produced by the legendary Johnny Sandlin, of Capricorn Records fame, and features guests spots from the likes of Chuck Leavell, Jason Isbell and Bonnie Bramlett. Oh, yeah – Brian also had the title role in the musical revue Hank Williams: Lost Highway at the Zachary Scott Theatre in Austin .... Butthole Surfers bassist Jeff Pinkus brings his stoner–riffing, hard–chording Texas trio Honky to the Wormhole Tuesday (that’s Aug. 9). The band’s been compared to early, pre–sellout ZZ Top ... The Rock House (Tybee) celebrates its two–year anniversary Aug. 6 with a double–bill of Souls Harbor and Madam Adam ... CS

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Music) Molly McGuire’s Wormsleow (Live Music) North Beach Grill Spec Hosti Band (Live Music) 5 p.m. Retro on Congress Bottles & Cans (Live Music) Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos(Live Music) 8 p.m. Shipwreck Eric Culberson Band (Live Music) Tantra Soap (Live Music) Tybee Island Social Club Bottles & Cans (Live Music) Wild Wing Cafe Lauren Lapointe, The Design (Live Music) KARAOKE King’s Inn Karaoke Lucky’s Tavern (Pooler) Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke DJ Doubles Live DJ Pour Larry’s Live DJ Rock House Basik Lee (DJ)

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Billy’s Place Chris Chandler (Live Music) Piano & vocals 6:30 p.m. Blowin’ Smoke BBQ Josh Maul Band (Live Music) Broughton & Bull Gail Thurmond (Live Music) Piano & vocals 7 p.m. Coach’s Corner Betsy Franck & the Bareknuckle Band (Live Music) Huc-a-Poos Junkyard Angel (Live Music) Jazz’d Tapas Bar The Fundamentals (Live Music) Jinx Kenneth Brian (Live Music) Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub J.J. Smith (Live Music) Live Wire Music Hall Bethesda Home Fundraiser (Live Music) Music starts at 2 p.m. and goes all day and night. $10 donation. Music

from Outta Your Element, Royal Noise, Kata Mundi, Pocket Change and others Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub TBA (Live Music) Molly McGuire’s Jellyfish Destruction (Live Music) Molly McPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Edamame (Live Music) North Beach Grill The Magic Rocks (Live Music) 6 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 TBA (Live Music) Retro on Congress Voodoo Soup (Live Music) Rock House (Tybee) Souls Harbor, Madam Adam (Live Music) Rocks on the Roof Jeff Beasley Band (Live Music) Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House Mary Davis & Co. (Live Music) 3 p.m. Warehouse Jon Lee & the Canebakes (Live Music) Wild Wing Cafe Natalie Stovall (Live Music) Wormhole Kevin Downey Jr., Mark Riccadonna. Comedy. Shows at 8:30 & 11 p.m.

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Three of Savannah’s top blues players to perform on little ol’ cigar box guitars by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

I got me a cigar box, I cut me a round hole in the middle of it, take me a little piece of plank, nailed it onto that cigar box, and I got me some screen wire and I made me a bridge back there and raised it up high enough that it would sound inside that little box, and got me a tune out of it. I kept my tune and I played from then on. – Lightnin’ Hopkins When you think about it, a guitar is really just a box, a wooden stick and some strings. As with all resonating stringed instruments throughout history, the box, stick and strings are stuck together in order to produce musical sounds. How they’ve been assembled, and the quantity and quality of the materials used, varies the result. Most

old–world cultures produced some variation on this very basic theme. In this age of million–dollar vintage violins and double–necked, pearl–inlayed mandolins, there’s something comforting about the crude simplicity of the cigar box guitar. Originating, give or take, in the 1840s, it’s a purely American instrument with roots that go all the way back to Africa’s one–stringed diddley bow or banjo–like akonting, both of which came to this country on slave ships. Early bluesmen made their own cigar box guitars, essentially out of necessity: there was no money. With three cat–gut (or steel) strings tuned to a simple, open chord, the primitive instrument was used to ignite and propel the simple, plaintive Delta blues. Especially when played with a bottleneck slide.


GET 7:30 p.m. in the museum garden, will feature Eric Culberson, “Georgia” Kyle Shiver and Roy Swindell, in the round, each playing tasty blues on their cigar box guitars. All three of the Savannah musicians were given the same kit– made instrument used in the Ships of the Sea workshop. Simple amplifying pickups were installed, too. Pizzo: “I thought, ‘This’ll be really good.’ People can see musicians playing the instrument that they’re gonna make. “If people know anything about cigar box guitars, or if they’ve heard of them, they probably think it’s a Mickey Mouse instrument, with rubber bands and Venetian blind slats. And they’re very much different from that.” Culberson is Savannah’s premier electric blues guitarist, and he’s fascinated with his cigar box guitar. “What’s cool about it is that it’s just so different,” he says. “It’s only got three strings, but I think the coolest thing is that it’s all handmade with just things laying around the house.” The instrument has to be specially tuned, he adds. “The first and the last string are the same note, an octave apart, and the middle string is a harmony string. So that way your bass string is what key you’re in, and you work the top two to make melodies and harmonies with the key string.” It’s essential that it be played with a bottleneck. “You have to,” Culberson

points out, “because there’s no frets. It’s slide–only! “The closest thing I’d ever played to anything like this would be a banjo, which I’m equally as lost at playing. But I can still come up with stuff if I doodle with it long enough. “And I’m not a big slide player, although I love slide guitar. So now I’m learning how to play slide because of this cigar box concert.” Pizzo says he chose the fretless cigar box guitar because of its simplicity. “Setting frets is not as difficult as I had led myself to believe while I was making more traditional stringed instruments like dulcimers and psalteries,” he explains. “But I just wanted to remove that bit of demystification from the process. Slide guitars are the obvious choice.” As for Culberson, Shiver and Swindell, all hard–gigging Savannah players, “The thing that’s really struck me about all three of these guys was that they were just immediately enthusiastic,” Pizzo says. “And very, very generous with their time, because it involved moving their schedules around.” CS

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In 2010 Tony Pizzo, director of Savannah’s Ships of the Sea Museum, held an akonting–making workshop and accompanying concert performance. This weekend, he’s got a cigar box guitar–making event. The workshop sold out weeks ago, but Saturday’s concert – featuring three of Savannah’s top blues guitarists performing on the uncomplicated instruments – is free and open to everyone. It’s all part, Pizzo explains, of the museum’s mission, which is to explain and explore Savannah’s great maritime history and its effects on local and American culture. “Savannah is a multi–cultural city,” he says. “It’s a seaport town, and it’s always been open to influences from outside. And one way to get an insight into cultures is through their music.” For many years, Pizzo worked for the Vermont Council on the Arts, where he had great success with “available material instrument making” workshops. “Having seen the effect that making an instrument has on a person who hasn’t previously made one – the moment that something they’ve made begins to speak – it’s a very gratifying experience for both the maker and the person who facilitates it,” he explains. The cigar box guitar, Pizzo adds, is “associated with America. It’s a street– level entry into the guitar.” The Aug. 6 performance, starting at

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Nearly 150 people turned up at the Veraflames’ reunion gig at Loco’s in early July. Not bad for a band that hadn’t seen the inside of a club – more or less – in a quarter century. “It brought back a lot of old memories,” singer/guitarist Thad Strickland recalls. “Most of the people that were there, I had seen before. And many years ago. So it was very refreshing to be exposed to that again.” From approximately 1979 to 1985, the Veraflames were the toast of Savannah’s Night Flight Cafe; they were the first local band to play at the club, which specialized in out–of–town performers (including some who went on to great success). The four musicians are in their 50s and 60s now, and have different interests and careers. But rock ‘n’ roll – and the sheer joy of playing those guitar–heavy hits from the 1960s and ‘70s – was transfused into their blood in the Veraflames era. The July show was so much fun, they’re playing a reprise this Sunday,

Aug. 7, again at Loco’s. The guys call it the “Prom Tour,” because it’s like going back to high school (in a good way). Strickland, Frank Andrews and Skip Hinely switch off between guitars and bass. The drummer, now as then, is Jesse Jordan. “There were a lot fewer bands in 1980s Savannah than there are today,” says Strickland. “SCAD was embryonic at the time. So all the musicians kind of knew one another; pretty much everybody at that time was a cover band. I didn’t know any bands in 1980 that were writing their own material.” They’d started as a “convention band” in Hilton Head, playing 45–minute dinner sets (all instrumental) for visiting dentists, accountants and their wives. Strickland remembers the four players laughing throughout the performances, as Hinely gamely plucked out the melodies to their favorite rock ‘n’ roll hits on his lead guitar while the conventioneers slurped their soup. The money, he says, was good. However. “We really wanted to play something that was just fun,” explains Andrews. “So Thad and Skip said ‘Why don’t we do all these Rolling Stones and Beatles songs?’” The Night Flight, he says, “was run kind of like the Sentient Bean. They ran

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classic movies on Monday nights, and had bands for the rest of the week. So if Eric Johnson was playing there, he would play Tuesday through Saturday.” Club owner Tim Coy was thinking it was time to do something else on Monday night, according to Andrews. “But local bands never got to play at the Night Flight. And cover bands never got to play there.” Says Strickland: “There really weren’t a whole lot of places to play back then, either. You played private parties and this, that and the other, scraped up whatever kind of gigs you could. The Jaycees and that kind of stuff.” Andrews, the Night Flight’s sound man, convinced Coy to give his band the Monday night slot. “Of course,” Andrews says, “the goal for us was to get to play on the weekends.” Mondays heated up. “The only people that were out and about on Monday night were servers – waiters, waitresses, maitre d’s,” Strickland says. “And when they got off work late, they wanted to have some place to go. So that’s what they started doing, and that was our audience back then. Probably 75 percent of them worked in the night life.” So the Veraflames graduated to the coveted weekend gigs. And thus, the legend began. First, they needed a name. Andrews loves to tell this part of the story. “There was a band called Dana and the Veraflames, who were some military

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kids, in the early ‘60s,” he explains. “And Thad and Skip, being the elder statesmen of the band, that was the earliest local band that they could remember that they thought had a cool name. So we decided we’d be the Veraflames. “It doesn’t mean anything. We just liked it. It makes a real good logo, I think.” They were seriously hot stuff. “The Night Flight was not a place where people danced,” Andrews recalls. “We were the first people that unintentionally broke that rule.” In the band’s heyday, they all kept their day jobs, and the Veraflames only played two or three times every month. “As opposed to most local bands, the Veraflames never had to play every night trying to make a living,” Andrews explains. “So there was a supply and demand aspect. And there are a lot of people who were way better than the Veraflames probably ever were.” The Veraflames “dragged on,” according to Andrews, into the ‘90s with several incarnations. “It was all a lot of fun,” he says. “But eventually, for a variety of reasons, we all quit doing what we were doing.” Today, Andrews works at Portman’s Music, where he specializes in sound

systems. Strickland lives in Brunswick and runs a company that fabricates airplane parts. Jordan and Hinely are still Savannah musicians, and they each play with several local bands. The original quartet has reunited, just for kicks, once or twice over the years. The last time was in 2003. In June, Andrews recalls, “I called everybody up and said ‘Would you play a few gigs this year if somebody was dumb enough to let us play?’” Mike O’Connor, who runs Loco’s Grill & Pub, was a friend from the old days and immediately said “yes.” The Veraflames’ only concession to their ages – and the passage of time – was their insistence on an early start time for the Loco’s shows. For the benefit of their vintage fans, and the musicians themselves, they’ll go on stage at 6 p.m. and wrap it up by 9. The better to be home in bed at a decent hour. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll. But they like it. CS

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A smokin’ sample of Garden City ’cue

Yeah buddy: On a hot Georgia day, the AC is going full blast at Smokey’s

It’s easy to miss Smokey’s BBQ. Most folks come screamin’ off the end of Highway 516 and quickly realize they’ve gotta hit the brakes or face the wrath of Garden City PD. But glance to the right, just before Garden City’s first traffic light, and you will see the ’cue joint nestled right up against the right–of–way fence. Despite its dive-joint appearance, Smokey’s is very neat, clean and tidy. Plenty of surrounding parking makes access easy and on a hot Georgia summer day, the air conditioning is going full blast. Kick back and savor the coolness – ’cause you’re going to spend some time enjoying this plate of smoked pork. I chose a chopped pork platter. I miss BBQ joints where the only plate was a piece of wax paper, but those days are gone. Wax paper has been replaced by the foam clamshell – and this one’s biggest compartment was brimming with pork. There were plenty of little pieces of fat mixed in with bits of tender, moist white meat and chewy darker bits. The fat adds moisture – and flavor - to what, otherwise, would be just another pile of smoked meat. Smokey’s mild sauce topped the meat – it is a

tangy red sauce that, thankfully, was not over– sugared into submission. There is a hot sauce – I’ll be trying that next time. I chose side dishes of potato salad – creamy and fresh with big chunks of potato – and baked beans. The baked beans are the usual suspects – and are the classic side for a heaping mound of chopped pork. Two simple slices of white bread aid pushing around the ’cue and mopping up porky goodness. Several office and blue collar workers scored carry–out when I was there – but there is adequate seating for up to about 20 hungry diners. Smokey’s is simplicity at its best. Non–pretentious and authentic – it’s a BBQ destination worthy of the trip. 4118 Augusta Road/964–0485

A new Southside coffee shop

Vincenzo’s Coffee Cafe promises “no foo–foo coffee here, just an honest cup of Joe.” This project of neighboring Vincenzo’s Pizzeria offers up a daily menu of morning pastries, rolls and hot meals – as well as a lunch menu jammed full of fresh deli meats, salads and hot specials. The cafe is open 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday.

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The howl of the Banshee More and more wine is coming from producers who have shunned the traditional business model: Lots of high–priced vineyard acreage, lavish tasting rooms and huge overhead. The newer generation of winemakers are adopting leaner, meaner business plans and putting the emphasis on what goes into the bottle instead of what goes on the list of company assets. Banshee Wines is a group of industry insiders who cull through leftover juice from big name vineyards around Napa, Sonoma and Santa Lucia AVAs, then blends those juices into incredibly enjoyable, cult–like wines. Wines are produced in small quantities – and vary from year–to–year based on what juice is available. I tried two recently, Banshee 2009 Pinot Noir and Banshee 2009 Mordecai Blend. Mordecai was borne of necessity. Banshee wine makers had eight or so lots of really top–notch juice, but not enough of any one to produce a commercially viable wine. The solution? Make a delicious proprietary red wine by daring to cross a few boundary lines. The blend struts some of the best Syrah in California, a Turley single vineyard Zin source, Napa Mourvedre, Grenache from Paso Robles and a few other bits and pieces that worked well with the rest of the blend. It’s a stellar example of the blender’s art. Interesting how wines from very different terroirs can be brought together to create a bold wine with dark and red berry fruit that delivers enough complexity and structure to be a considered serious wine. About $25. The Banshee 2009 Sonoma County Pinot Noir marries juice from two legendary vineyards, one in the Petaluma Wind Gap (Sonoma Coast) and one from legendary Pinot Noir region Russian River Valley. Again, very diverse regions contributed grapes that come together is a rich, luxurious Pinot Noir. As a Pinot devotee, I can tell you that Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir stands equally with many single vineyard Pinots I’ve had from the individual regions. The blend serves to emphasize the versatility of this grape. About $27.

Savannah Craft Brew Fest

The fest is back on Labor Day weekend – and now adds a Sunday tasting of import beers. I’ll highlight some new labels that are expected at this year’s fest over the next few weeks. For full details, advance tickets sales and more, go online to savannahcraftbrewfest.com. Watch for special “brewer’s nights” leading up to the fest. Several local restaurants will offer paired menus, discounts and free brewery branded items at these events. CS


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Big bowl of dates Here are a few unrelated dates to, ahem, mark on your calendar. These are annual events that always attract lots of people, so forewarned is forearmed, or something like that. Anyway, we thought you’d want to know. Labor Day Beach Bash. It’s Tybee Island’s fourth annual September–thon, from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 at the pier and pavilion. South Carolina’s Swingin’ Medallions (“Double Shot of My Baby’s Love”) will perform, followed by one of Tybee’s patented pyrotechnical displays of awesomeness (aka fireworks). Free. Picnic in the Park. The Oct. 2 event (in Forsyth Park) is themed “Rock & Run,” in honor of the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon coming in November (see below). Prospective picnickers, sponsors and the overtly curious are asked to call (912) 651–6417. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Here’s the deal: You can register to run a full marathon (26.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles), with rock ‘n’ roll bands planted at every mile marker, and a “headlining concert” at the finish line (we’re hoping for Survivor playing “Eye of the Tiger”). The event tours the country – they’ll be runners here from all over the place – and the Savannah date is Nov. 5. See runrocknroll.competitor.com.

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John Mellencamp’s coming

Stopping over Singing/songwriting cellist Ben Sollee returns to our fair city Sept. 3 for a free Savannah Stopover show in Forsyth Park. Sollee and his band will be preceded by the incredible Cheyenne Marie Mize, who was one of yours truly faves during the inaugural Stopover festival in March. The show is part of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s third annual Midnight Garden Ride. Sollee, as he did for his last local appearance in 2009, is expected to travel to Savannah by bike. Find out how to ride the ride at midnightgardenride.com

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And now, this • Savannah singer/songwriter Jan Spillane, who makes some of the most interesting jazz/folk music in the area, is doing a show with Mike Futral (lead guitar), Michael McDougald (bass) and Marc Cordray (percussion) this Friday, Aug. 5 at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill. The free 7 p.m. concert is a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization dedicated to assisting the families of those men and women who were injured, or died, in the line of duty. See wounded warriorproject.org • Jerry Butler, Candi Station and Gene Chandler are among the veteran “Hitmakers of Beach and Soul” who’ll deliver the R&B goods Sept. 17 to the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets are $37.50–$49.50. CS

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Last year, Connect did a lengthy interview with rock legend John Mellencamp on the subject of his No Better Than This album, sections of which he recorded (with T–Bone Burnett) in First African Baptist Church. (Mellencamp, of course, owns homes on Tybee and Daufuskie, and is a frequent visitor to our city.) The No Better Than This tour has been on the road for a while, and John Boy is finally bringing it all back home. He’ll play the Johnny Mercer Theatre Nov. 11. The concert begins with the screening of It’s About You, a documentary film chronicling the making of the rootsy record. Tickets, according to Mellencamp’s website, will go on sale Friday, Aug. 5. Go to the “tour” section on mellencamp.com.

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Left: Works by Heather Deyling are on view at Gallery S.P.A.C.E. on Henry Street, with an opening reception Friday, Aug. 5. Right: Daniel Schiffman’s Swarm, part of Portraits to Pixels at the Jepson Center for the Arts, through Aug. 19.

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Betsy Cain: In Situ — Savannah painter Cain’s first solo show at the Jepson looks at “how a place inhabits you over time. A personal excavation of meanings.” She’s adopted a personal form of expressive abstraction, reflecting her beginnings as a figurative painter and her inspiration in the landscape of the Georgia coast. Show runs Aug 6-Dec 4. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St., http://www.telfair.org/ Beyond Utility: Pottery Created by Enslaved Hands — Although made for utilitarian purposes, the 19th century jars, jugs and other vessels exemplify the work of experienced artisans who were enslaved people, including David Drake, also known as “Dave the Potter.” Through Dec. 17. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St., http://www.telfair.org/ “Capuring an Icon: Ezra Stiller

Judith Godwin: Early Abstractions — Final week of this retrospective of the New York artist’s paintings from the early 1950s thru the late 1960’s. Closes Aug. 7. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. , http://www.telfair.org/

and Modern Architecture” — A solo exhibition of gelatin silver prints by the acclaimed 20th century American architectural photographer. Show ends Aug. 5. Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E. Liberty St. Free and open to the public. scadexhibitions.com.

Paintings by Jeff Zeigler — Works by Savannah-based painter and illustrator will exhibit at The Sentient Bean during August. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave., http://www.thesentientbean.com/

Christina Bray Solo Exhibit — The Armstrong Department of Art, Music & Theatre presents selected works by guest artist Christina Bray. Runs through September 9. Reception: August 31 at noon. AASU Fine Arts Gallery, 11935 Abercorn St., http:// www.armstrong.edu/

Perceptions of Whiteness — A collection of new works by the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Through Sept. 4. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. http://www.kingtisdell.org/

Fall Art Classes for Youth — Sign up for classes beginning Sept 12. Art on the Park studio near Daffin Park. Weekly classes focus in fine arts. Private classes also available ages 3-18. Instructor Torrey Kist has a professional educational background & Masters in Fine Arts. 6 to 8 week classes as well as portfolio development for middle & high school students offered year round. tskart@yahoo.com. http://www.tskist.com/

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Portraits to Pixels — The exhibit celebrates the Telfair’s 125th anniversary; includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection. Through Aug. 19. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. http:// www.telfair.org/ Saturday Life Drawing at the Wormhole — Life drawing, painting or sculpting in a private, professional & creative atmosphere.

Tradition/Innovation — A survey of tradition and originality is at the heart of this exhibit featuring a variety of crafts by Southern artists. Runs through September 6. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. http://www.telfair.org/ You, Me and the Sea — Inspired by their formative years on Florida’s gulf coast. Includes screen prints, paintings and mixed media works by Ben Stanley and Kay Wolfersperger. Through Aug. 15. The Creative Coast, 15 W. York St. http://www.thecreativecoast. org/ cs

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Psychotronic’s To My Great Chagrin searches for the truth behind comedy’s Brother Theodore by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Those of us who grew up watching TV in the 1960s remember well the eccentrics, oddballs and novelty acts that turned up on the chat shows: Professor Irwin Corey, Senor Wences, Tiny Tim, Moms Mabley, Sir Monti Rock III and their ilk. You’d always see these people on Merv, Mike, Cavett and Carson, where they’d be sandwiched in between movie stars plugging their latest project, and whatever teen sensation was the flavor of the month. There was always something different about Brother Theodore. A short, stern–faced Germanic man with piercing eyes, a furrowed brow and a mop of Einsteinian white hair, he would deliver these negative, self–loathing rants – pseudo–philosophical observations on life, and history, and why they were essentially terrible things – and yet you couldn’t look away. There was wonderful dark humor in everything he said. Maybe it was the heavy accent. Or the carefully–chosen words, poly–syllabic and intelligent, coming out of him with machine–gun speed. “I have gazed into the abyss, and the abyss has gazed into me. And neither of us liked what we saw.” “My name, as you may have guessed, is Theodore. I come from a strange stock. The members of my family were mostly epileptics, vegetarians, stutterers, triplets, nailbiters. But we’ve always been happy.”

“The best thing is not to be born. But who is as lucky as that? To whom does it happen? Not to one among millions and millions of people.” “I detest everything I stand for ... I’m the bride at every funeral, I’m the corpse at every wedding. Each time I look in the mirror I break into tears.” “Only what we have lost forever do we possess forever. Only when we have drunk from the river of darkness can we truly see. Only when our legs have rotted off can we truly dance. As long as there is death, there is hope.” Screening Wednesday, To My Great Chagrin: Brother Theodore is a little– seen documentary about the man, Theodore Gottlieb, who died in 2001 at the age of 94. The Psychotronic Film Society is showing director Jeff Sumerel’s film at the Sentient Bean. He was what theater people call a monologuist – his one–man stage shows consisted entirely of him talking. Philosophizing. Ranting. He called it “stand–up tragedy.” Of course, there was an element of performance art in his presentation. To My Great Chagrin explains just how

much of it was shtick, and how much was the real Theodore Gottlieb. The film is thick with clips, from Theodore’s many stage and TV appearances (although NBC would not loan anything from his numerous ‘80s visits with David Letterman). Eric Bogosian, Woody Allen, Joe Dante, Henry Gibson, Dick Cavett, Penn & Teller, Tom Schiller and others discuss his mad genius. (In a brilliant stroke, Sumerel doesn’t show any of these people as talking heads; rather, you hear them in voice– over. The better to keep the visual on Theodore himself.) He came from a large Jewish family. His father was a successful magazine publisher in the Weimar Republic era. In the film, Theodore (in voice–over) discusses Einstein, a longtime family friend, plus his love of chess, his young wife, and the horrors of the seven months he spent in the Dachau concentration camp. None of his family members survived the camps. Gottlieb was released after the Nazis forced him to sign over the family fortune for a single reichsmark. With Einstein’s help, he fled to the United States, where he was “relocated,” penniless, to San Francisco. He decided to re–invent himself. A longtime aficionado of the theater and German cabaret, he says in the film, “this would interest me in a dark, other–worldly way. And I said ‘What if

I write my own scripts, and do it all by myself?’” He was an immediate hit in California nightclubs; one of his first shows was called Blossoms of Evil. A review compared him to Chaplin. Another said he was like “a combination of Peter Lorre and the four Marx Brothers in their zaniest moments.” Theodore’s curious career thrived during the 1950s, and he had small parts in several films, including Orson Welles’ classic creeper The Stranger. Still, he says in the documentary, he never became as successful as he’d wished; once the TV talk shows all but dried up, his career did the same. In To My Great Chagrin, Theodore’s friends marvel at his way with women; despite his troll–like appearance, young ladies fought each other to get close to him. Even when he was in his 80s. And that about says it all. Theodore Gottlieb was an enigma. Even those closest to him didn’t truly know who he was. He was an artist, for sure. And his art was his life. He was a comedian. But his was comedy born of pain. CS Psychotronic Film Society To My Great Chagrin: Brother Theodore Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. When: At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 Admission: $6 Online: psychotronicfilmsavannah.org


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Paul Dano, the twitchy oddball from Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood, plays the son of stalwart Harrison Ford in Cowboys & Aliens, and the collective thought grasping moviegoers nationwide will be that Shia LaBeouf suddenly doesn’t seem that implausible as Indiana Jones’s offspring. That’s not meant to be taken as a criticism of this new picture – it’s merely an observation, the sort that increasingly pops up to distract audiences from the fact that there’s not much of interest going on during the second half of this hybrid of two genres beloved by Old Hollywood (Westerns) and New Hollywood (science fiction). Cowboys & Aliens boasts a high–concept hook (and moniker) so obvious and promising that it’s amazing this angle wasn’t first tackled at least 30 years ago. Instead, this is based on a graphic novel that was released five years ago, and even at that, director Jon Favreau and his army of writers (six receive official credit; who knows how many toiled anonymously on various drafts) elected to toss out almost everything except the bare bones premise of, yes, cowboys and aliens mixing it up. The movie works best toward the beginning, before potential gives way to actual execution. In the rocky New Mexico Territory of 1875, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up with

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Solo certainly sounds like a can’t–miss, and the two stars ably fill their roles: Ford especially looks so natural in cowboy garb that it’s a shame the Western genre was largely kaput during his glory years (aside from early bit parts in TV shows like Gunsmoke, his only major genre credit is the 1979 comedy The Frisco Kid, opposite Gene Wilder). But the picture rarely finds imaginative ways to merge its disparate trappings – this past spring’s animated yarn Rango did a far superior job of placing fantastical characters in a Western setting – and it soon settles into a deadening, repetitive pattern of one protagonist about to be offed by an alien before being saved at the last millisecond by another of the heroes. By the time Jake and company are tangling with e.t.’s in cavernous surroundings (in scenes eerily similar to those in the more accomplished Super 8), it’s apparent that the picture’s army of authors have elected to merely plug in conventional story devices that would have worked just as well in movies named Cops & Barracudas or Doctors & Hornets or even Accountants & Amoebas.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE Just how likable is the new romantic comedy with the ungainly title of Crazy, Stupid, Love? Likable enough that it survives not one but two absurd narrative coincidences that would cripple a lesser film. That’s some pretty powerful mojo at work there, my friends. The secret to the film’s success starts with its blue–chip cast, the summer’s finest gathering of thespians with the possible exception of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Steve Carell, whose ability to tap into wells of deep–seated emotion elevates him above most of the current comedic pack, plays Cal Weaver, a typical suburban schlub; Julianne Moore, the real star of The Kids Are All Right (sorry, Annette), plays Emily Weaver, who suddenly announces to her husband that she wants a divorce. Rocked right down to his rumpled pants and designer sneakers, Cal spends his post–breakup period wallowing in nightly pity parties at a stylish bar. His caterwauling attracts the attention of uber–stud Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), who elects to take Cal under his wing and teach him how to be a successful ladies’ man. Before long, Cal is reborn as a swinging single, but the resultant meaningless sex can’t conceal the fact that all he really wants is his wife back in his arms.

Steve Carell and Julianne Moore star in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love

For his part, Jacob finally meets a woman – Emma Stone’s aspiring attorney Hannah – who stirs his heart as much as his libido. That right there is enough plot to pack a running time (in fact, it once was; see the similarly themed Hitch), but writer Dan Fogelman clearly had taken his vitamins before cranking this one out. There’s also the major story thread focusing on the pursuit of a 17– year–old high school beauty (Analeigh Tipton) by the Weavers’ 13–year–son (Jonah Bobo). And let’s not forget the single Cal’s romp with a spirited bar pickup (Marisa Tomei), or the continuing presence of Emily’s marital fling, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). That’s a lot of material for one film and, not surprisingly, there are some casualties: I would have liked to have seen much more of the relationship between Jacob and Hannah, especially given the bright chemistry between Gosling and Stone. To help himself make all of these competing plotlines somewhat manageable, Fogelman takes some shortcuts by tossing in the aforementioned pair of whopping coincidences. The first is minor and easily dismissed, but the second affects the entire film and, worse, is revealed in a silly sequence that culminates in an over–the–top physical brawl. Fortunately, the actors continue to shine, the movie’s hard–won truths are articulated in an unlikely but effective denouement, and all is forgiven.

CAPTAIN AMERICA Even moviegoers suffering from

superhero burnout might want to stand up and salute Captain America, which doesn’t match the excellence of X–Men: First–Class but ranks ahead of fellow summer stablemates Thor and Green Lantern. I’ve long held a soft spot for 1991’s The Rocketeer and 2004’s Hidalgo, two box office underachievers that refreshingly stripped away the modern era’s automatic coat of cynicism and instead delivered old–fashioned thrills with no trace of irony or condescension. Both films were helmed by Joe Johnston, and coming off the disastrous monster muddle The Wolfman, he’s thankfully back in his gee–whiz element here. Captain America has a purity about its politics (not hard when the villains are Nazis) and everything is presented in strictly black and white – or, if you prefer, red, white and blue – terms, resulting in solid matinee fodder. Chris Evans, in his second tour of duty for Marvel (having essayed the part of the Human Torch in two terrible Fantastic Four flicks), stars as Steve Rogers, a scrawny kid whose 4F status repeatedly prevents him from being able to enlist in the army during World War II. But responding to the youth’s inner decency rather than his outward lack of muscles, a kindly scientist (Stanley Tucci) decides that he would make the perfect test subject for a serum expected to create the ultimate super–soldier. The experiment is a success – the sickly Steve Rogers now sports a Charles Atlas physique – but only after being mainly relegated to appearing in a colorful costume to drum up support

for war bonds is he able to go after the man who has emerged as his arch–nemesis: Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), a vicious Nazi whose use of the same serum has transformed him into the appropriately named Red Skull. As expected, the movie has the requisite CGI bombast, though the most unique visual effect involved digitally altering the buff Evans so that he would appear emaciated in the early sequences – an approach that works far better than the technique for which The Curious Case of Benjamin Button managed to grab a Visual Effects Oscar. Aside from the effects, the movie generally takes a decidedly more low– key approach, heavy on earthy tones and even making Cap’s garb less flamboyant than in the comic book. This sense of playing it close to the nostalgic vest even applies to the performances, with Evans sweetly sincere, co–star Hayley Atwell (as Peggy Carter) as brassy and buxom as any 1940s actress, and even Weaving delivering the majority of his lines in a low rumble (by comparison, imagine the aural assault if, say, Al Pacino had been cast as the Red Skull). Balanced enough to offer entertainment to young and old alike, Captain America should make us all proud to be moviegoers.

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Activism & Politics Chatham County Democratic Party

For info, contact Tony Center, Chair, at 912233-9696 or tonycenter@comcast.net For daily updates, join our Facebook page (Chatham Democrats Georgia) and visit our web site: http://chathamdems-ga.com/ccdc/. Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 313 W. York St., Savannah http://www.chathamdems.net/

Georgia Democrats’ Day of Action

Cookout, voter registration and health fair for Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham County Democrats. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2pm. Mill Creek Park, off of Hwy 24 and the 301 Bypass, Statesboro. One of 33 party events statewide events on that day to encourage fellowship and action among Democrats to gear up for the 2012 campaign. Info: tboondry@comcast.net.

Savannah Area Young Republicans

For information, visit www.savannahyoungrepublican.com or call Allison Quinn at 308-3020.

Savannah Tea Party

meets the first Monday (excluding Holidays) of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the SRP offices located at 11 East 73rd Street. All persons interested in America’s Future are invited. Contact Marolyn Overton at 912-598-7358 for additional info.

Savannah/Chatham County Unified Zoning Ordinance Open House

Metropolitan Planning Commission is hosting weekly sessions to discuss with the public the proposed rewrite of the zoning code. Every Monday in August from 5-6:30pm at the MPC office, Arthur Mendonsa Room, 112 E. State Street. http://www.unifiedzoning.org. Metropolitan Planning Commission, 112 E. State St. http://www.unifiedzoning.org/

Benefits Challenge Grant to restore W.W. Law House

Historic Savannah Foundation has issued a $5,000 challenge grant to the W.W. Law Foundation to restore the historic W.W. Law House, the home of the late Savannah Civil Rights leader. If the W.W. Law Foundation raises $5,000 by September 1, HSF will donate $5,000 toward the restoration. To donate to the house fund, call 912-234-1250 or visit www. wwlawfoundation.org.

Flying Fortress 5k

The annual run/walk event will take place November 12, 2011 with proceeds helping restore the museum’s B-17 bomber, The City of Savannah. Early Registration is now available at a discounted rate of $20 for those who register by August 31. Register at www.fleetfeetsavannah.com/flying-fortress-5k

Household Supplies Drive

Park Place Outreach, youth emergency shelter is accepting canned food and household supplies. Household items needed include, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper towels and toilet paper. Please visit www. parkplaceyes.org for directions.

Kayak for a Kure

Saturday, August 13, 9am. $50, includes entry, BBQ lunch and drinks, live music and a goody bag. The 3-mile paddle begins at Butterbean Beach and ends at the UGA Marine Extension Service Aquarium. Event starts at 10:00am. The paddle is suitable for beginners and experts. Register online by going to http://main.diabetes.org/Savannah or by calling Suzanne Willis at 912-353-8110, ext. 3093

Run for Jane 5k

A unique 5k run/walk at Fort Pulaski honoring Dr. Jane Philbrick and her struggle with Leukemia. Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Registeration before Aug. 1 is $28, $32 afterward, and $35 on race day. Visit www.active.com or Fleet Feet Sports.

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School Supplies Drive

Aug. 1-19, sponsored by Chatham Area Transit (CAT). School supplies will be collected on all CAT vehicles and at CAT’s administrative offices, 900 East Gwinnett St. and 124 Bull St. The collected supplies will be donated to CAT’s education partners in Savannah’s public schools. Info: 912-629-3924 or vragland@ catchacat.org.

Call for Entries 48 Hour Film Project in Savannah

Make a movie in two days in this wild and wooly short film competition. Fri Aug 12-Sun Aug 14. Winning film competes with 48HFP city winners from around the world. Team entry fee: $175. Register at www.48hourfilm.com/ savannah.

Auditions

Fall auditions for Armstrong’s Masquers theatre troupe and for various music ensembles including wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, choirs, and orchestra. Call 912-344-2556 during normal business hours to schedule an audition. Theater auditions: August 22-24. Youth Orchestra auditions: August 27.

Call for artists

The Cultural Affairs’ S.P.A.C.E. gallery is seeking proposals for exhibits in 2012. All mediums will be considered for a non-degree seeking solo or group exhibition. Deadline for submissions is September 9, 4 p.m. Proposal guidelines are available online at www.savannahga. gov/arts or by calling (912) 651-6783.

Call for artists

The gallery at Hospice Savannah is holding its 3rd annual 5x7 art show in September and October. They are looking for artists interested in submitting work. For more info, contact Beth Logan: 912-629-1043 or email blogan@ hospicesavannahhelps.org

Cat-Inspired Art Submissions

Seeking artwork inspired by our feline friends, feral or otherwise, for The Cat Show, opening Aug 27 at DeSoto Row Gallery. Make/find/ alter some cat art, take cat pictures-whatever you do! and do it for the cats! E-mail jtaylo40@ student.scad.edu for submissions or questions.

Citizens Police Academy

A 13-week program designed to allow residents to informally interact with the members of the police department and the local criminal justice system. Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Police Department Squad Room, 201 Habersham Street. The next class starts Thursday, Sept. 15. Registration is $10. Application deadline is Sept 9. www.scmpd.org or 912-651-2246.

CommuniTREES: Grants Available for Tree Planting

The Savannah Tree Foundation is granting funds to non-profits, neighborhood associations and other organizations for planting up to 10 trees on property that is held in trust for public use. Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 winter planting season. Call 912-233-8733 or www.savannahtree.com/ programs.

Volunteers for Rape Crisis Center

Support victims through our 24-hour crisis line and hospital response. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 912-233-3000 or volunteers@ rccsav.org for an application. Training dates are September 7th & 8th (6pm-9pm), 10th (8:30am-4pm) & 12th through 14th (6pm-9pm each night). We ask that you attend all sessions. All applicants must be at least 21 years old and submit to a criminal background check.

Youth Songwriting Competition

Savannah Folk Music Festival Seeks Entries for 6th Annual Youth Songwriting Competition. Deadline Sept. 1. $1000 in prizes to top three entries. Winner invited to perform his/her composition at the Savannah Folk Music Festival Oct. 9 in Forsyth Park. Must be under age 20 to enter. Contest guidelines at www.savannahfolk. org or 912-302-7276.

Classes, Camps & Workshops Aikido Center

Traditional Japanese martial arts downtown on the corner of Broughton and whitaker. Class times: Mon thru Thurs at 6:30 pm; Sat at 11:00 am. Please come by at the beginning of any class for more info.

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Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056.

Beading Classes

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. Bead Dreamer Studio, Savannah http://www.beaddreamer.com/

BizCamp for Middle- and High-School Students

Students learn to turn great ideas into successful businesses. Mon. Aug. 8-Fri, Aug. 12. 12:30-3:30pm. Moses Jackson Advancement Ctr., 1410-B Richards St. Students will present business plans at a community forum, for judging by a panel of business, government and educational leaders, Fri, Aug. 12, 1pm. Sponsored by Savannah State Univ. and City of Savannah. Info: 912-525-2166 or roisea@savannahstate.edu

Boater Safety Classes

SCMPD hosts a series of certified safety classes. Does not include on the water instruction. Participants may qualify for insurance discounts. Must be at least 12 years old. August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19. For info or to register, call 912-921-5451. Free and open to the public.

Champions Training Center

Offers a variety of classes and training opportunities in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for youth and adults at all levels of expertise. 525 Windsor Rd. Call 912-349-4582 or visit http://www.ctcsavannah.com/

DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving impaired. A must see for teenage drivers seeking a drivers license for the first time or teenage drivers who already received a license. The group meets once a month and the cost is $30.00. For more info: 912-443-0410.

Fall Art Classes for Youth

Sign up for classes beginning Sept 12. Art on the Park studio near Daffin Park. Weekly classes focus in fine arts. Private classes also available ages 3-18. Instructor Torrey Kist has a professional educational background & Masters in Fine Arts. 6 to 8 week classes as well as portfolio development for middle & high school students offered year round. Email tskart@yahoo.com. http://www.tskist.com/

Family Law Workshop

A 2-hour course for those representing themselves in a family legal action. 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:30 pm. The fee is $20 and provides forms and assistance in the filing of divorce, child custody modifications, legitimations or contempt legal actions. Pre-registration is recommended. For info: www.mediationsavannah.com or call 912-465-6686.

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 921-4646 or 220-6570 to register.

Feldenkrais Method Classes

Tuesdays 10-11am beginning Aug 9. Improve physical development and body awareness through guided, gentle and subtle movements. Benefits include increased flexibility and endurance, pain reduction, improved athletic performance and promotion of general well-being. Certified Instructor. Coach Wayne Gymnastics, Savannah Mall, Upper level. $15/class. Contact Elaine Alexander, 912-223-7049.

Guitar, Bass & Double Bass Lessons

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Summer Art Camp at S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St. Introduction to painting, ceramics, metalwork, mixed media and performing arts in age-appropriate groups. Fees include all materials. One week sessions: Aug 8-12 full day. ages 6-12; Aug 15-19 half day, ages 4-6. Info: 912-651-6783, or www.savannahga.gov/arts.

New to the area teacher with 10+ years experience has available openings for all beginner/ intermediate students. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Call 401-255-6921 to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson.

Guitar, mandolin and bass lessons

Guitar, mandolin or bass guitar lessons. emphasis on theory, reading music and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. 912-232-5987

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Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-232-4232 x115 or www.savannahpha.com

iPhone for beginners workshop

If you’re just getting to know your iPhone this hands-on workshop is for you. Learn about the home screen, syncing, apps, maps and more. Aug. 6, 1-3 p.m. $50/person. Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St. www.Learnphones.com

Learn Russian

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-659-3071 for more information.

Learn to Draw

Private and group drawing lessons by Artist and former SCAD Professor Karen Bradley. Call for details. 912-507-7138.

Life Drawing Sessions

Every Wednesday, 7:30pm-9:30pm, at The Butcher- 19 East Bay between Bull and Drayton. $10 admission.

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15pm. Yoga Co-op Savannah. 2424 Drayton St. $13/ class (less with membership). www.yogacoopsavannah.com or 912-429-7264.

Ms. Amy’s School of Music

A small privately owned studio offering: Private and Group Lessons, Piano, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, and more! Parent & Me classes for infants - toddlers. Group preschool music classes . www.msamyschoolofmusic.com

Music Lessons

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, piano, bass, voice, violin, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, brass, and woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Info: 912-692-8055 or smisavannah@gmail.com

New Horizons Adult Band Program

A music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school or college and would like to have the opportunity to begin playing again. Dust off your instrument every Monday night at Portman’s Music Store (Abercorn) at 6:30p.m. The cost is $30 per month. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Contact Pamela Kidd at 912-354-1500 for more info.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

Offering a variety of business classes. Call 6523582. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett Street

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

Be bilingual. Call 272-4579. e-mail savannahlatina@yahoo.com or visit www.savannahlatina. com. Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training

Sept. 26-30 in Savannah. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners respond at the request of local Law Enforcement agencies to perform exams on

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“Kakuro� Fill in each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9. The sum of the digits in each row or column will be the little number given just to the left of or just above that row or column. As with a Sudoku, you can’t repeat any digits in a row or column. See the row of three squares in the upper-left with a 12 to the left of it? That means the sum of the digits in those three squares will be 12, and they won’t repeat any digits. A row or column ends at a black square, so the three-square row in the upper-middle with an 8 to the left of it may or may not have digits in common with the 12-row to its left. Down columns work the same way. Now solve!! psychosudoku@hotmail.com

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Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva A class teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for those interested in improving their vocal range and breathing capacity. Bel Canto carries over well as a foundation technique for different styles including opera, pop, rock and cabaret. Henry St @ E Broad, Mon/Tues 6-9pm, 1 1/2 hour lesson $25. Call 786-2479923, anitraoperadiva@yahoo.com, www. anitraoperadiva.com

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

East Coast Paddleboarding offers paddleboard lessons, rentals, tours and sales, as well as a summer camp program for kids. It’s fun, a great way get out on the water and to stay fit. No experience necessary. Eastcoastpaddleboarding.com or 781-267-1810

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

This 14-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Ms. Musheerah Owens 912-234-0525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street, Savannah. http://www.thestarfishcafe.org/

Clubs & Organizations Avegost LARP

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Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. Generally meets on the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. Email: Kaza Ayersman, godzillaunknown@gmail.com or visit www.avegost.com

Buccaneer Region SCCA

is the local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. It hosts monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license is eligible to participate. Visit http:// buccaneerregion.org/solo.html.

Coastal MINIs

Local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. to go on motoring adventures together. Visit coastalminis.com. Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info. http://www.meetup.com/SavannahEnergyHealers/

Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join like-minded people including artists, writers, teachers and historians for discussion, site exploration and creative collaboration. Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6pm at Gallery Espresso. Email, Kathleen Thomas: exploretherevolution@gmail.com for more info.

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is the price of the meal. RSVP to 660-8257. Tubbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tank House, 2909 River Dr., Thunderbolt

Honor Flight Savannah

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A non-profit organization dedicated to sending our area World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit the new WWII Memorial. All expenses are paid by Honor Flight Savannah, which is not a government-supported

program. They depend on donations from the community to fund their efforts. For more info: www.honorflightsavannah.org

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Every Wed. 5:00PM at My House Consignments & More, 206 W. Broughton St. No fees. Wanna learn? We love to show what we know. Many different levels get together in the store. Call 912-236-4111

Low Country Turners

This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Contact Steve Cook, 912-313-2230.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Call 786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr., Savannah

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:1511:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit www.mops.org. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Savannah http://www.fbcislands.com/

Old Time Radio Researcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at beshiresjim@yahoo.com or visit www.otrr.org.

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. For a nominal annual fee, members will receive monthly training sessions and seminars and have weekly runs of various distances. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 596-5965.

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave. and the third Tuesday at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn St. 7:30 p.m. Call 3082094, email kasak@comcast.net or visit www. roguephoenix.org. Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah, a coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, holds a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30am-1pm. Visit www.safekidssavannah. org or call 912-353-3148 for more info

Savannah Adventure Club

Dedicated to pursuing adventures, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Low country and beyond. Activities include sailing, camping, skydiving, kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and skiing, in addition to regular social gatherings. Free to join. Email savannahadventureclub@gmail.com or visit www. savannahadventureclub.com

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

The public is invited to come and sing early American music and folk hymns from the shape note tradition. This non-denominational community musical activity emphasizes participation, not performance. Songs are from The Sacred Harp, an oblong songbook first published in 1844. Call 655-0994.

Savannah Art Association

The non-for profit art association, the Southeastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest, is currently taking applications for membership. The SAA offers workshops, community programs, exhibition opportunities, and an artistic community full of diverse and creative people from all ages, mediums, and skill levels. Please call 912-232-7731 for more info.

Savannah Brewersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit www.hdb.org and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers


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A dinner meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 7487020. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St., Savannah http://www.stewart.army.mil/

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $60. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to savannahfencing@ aol.com.

Savannah Guardian Angels

Come meet the Local Chapter of the Guardian Angels on the 1st Monday of every month from 7pm-9pm at Elite Martial Arts in Pooler,GA. Free snacks and drinks and info on the Guardian Angels. For more info:www.SavannahGuardianAngels.com

Savannah Jaycees

Meeting and information session held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an opportunity for those interested in joining the Jaycees to learn more. Must be 21-40 years old to join the chapter. 101 Atlas St. 912-353-7700 or www.savannahjaycees.com

Savannah Kennel Club

Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors. Meetings are held at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 11301 Abercorn St. on the fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Dinner starts at 6 pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. Guest Speakers at every meeting. For more info, call 912-328-3170 or visit www.savannahkennelclub.org

Savannah Newcomers Club

Open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends. www.savannahnewcomers.com

Savannah Parrot Head Club

Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffett and no dress code. Check out savannahphc. com for the events calendar or e-mail Wendy Wilson at Wendyq1053@yahoo.com.

Helps you improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave., Savannah meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-and-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St.

Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

A no-agenda gathering of the Savannah area writing community, held on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm. Free and open to all writers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in writing. 21+ with valid I.D. For location and details, visit SeersuckerLive. com.

Son-shine Hour

Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 10-11. Activities include songs, stories, crafts, and games for young children and their caregivers. Free, no registration, drop-ins welcome. Call Trinity Lutheran Church for details 912-925-3940 or email KellyBringman@gmail.com

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Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Free. Spinning fiber into yarn group meets the first Monday of each month at 1pm. Wild Fibre, 6 East Liberty Street (near Bull St.) Call for info: 912-238-0514

Tarde en Espanol

Meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in different locations to practice spoken Spanish in a casual environment. 236-8566.

The 13th Colony Patriots

A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at Logan’s Road House at 6pm. 11301 Abercorn St. Open to the public. Dedicated to the preservation of the United States Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. www.13thcolonypatriots.com or call 912-5965267.

Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts

A club for enthusiasts of electronic music and instruments, including the theremin, synths, Mooger Foogers, jam sessions, playing techniques, compositions, gigs, etc. Philip Neidlinger, theremin@neidlinger.us.

Victorian Neighborhood Association

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the American Legion Hall located at 1108 Bull Street. For more info visit the VNA website at: vna.club.officelive.com

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 927-3356.

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets the second Tuesday of every month (except October), 6:00 pm at Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner Street. Call 912-2323549 or email chesteraellis@comcast.net for more information.

The Peacock Guild

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Monthly meetings for the Writer’s Salon are held on first Tuesday and the Book Club meets on the third Tuesday. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. at meet at 207 E. Charlton St. (Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home). Call 233-6014, facebook Peacock Guild or email peacockguild@googlegroups.com for more info.

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Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

A weekly discussion group that meets from 7:30pm-9pm at Books-A-Million, 8108 Abercorn St., each Monday. Anyone craving some good conversation is invited to drop by. No cost. For more info, email athenapluto@yahoo.com or look up The Philo Cafe on Facebook.

Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. For more information call 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@ gmail.com

Adult beginner ballet & barre fusion

NO experience necessary! Adult beginner ballet: Wednesdays 7:15-8:15pm. Barre fusion: Fun, energizing dance-based class combining Ballet Barre, resistance bands, Pilates Mat and music! Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm; Wednesdays & Fridays 1:00-2:00pm. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext, Savannah www.theballetschoolsav.com or 912-925-0903

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm, $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Class meets year round. (912) 921-2190 The Academy of Dance, 74 West Montgomery Crossroads.

African Dance & Drum

Learn the rhythms of West Africa with instructor Aisha Rivers. Classes are held every Sunday - drums at 4pm, dance at 5pm, www.ayoluwa. org Rhythms of West Africa, 607 W. 37th St., Savannah http://www.ayoluwa.org/

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Classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Fridays 10-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. For more info, call Elizabeth 912-354-5586.

Modern Dance Classes

Teens and adults. 3 weekly dance classes. Mondays, July 25, Aug 1 & 8. 6:45-8pm at The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. $15/class or $40/3 classes. Info: 912-631-0950.

Pole Dancing Class

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Salsa Savannah offers beginner and intermediate salsa lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at several locations. For more info, contact: salsasavannah@gmail.com, or call 856-7323. www.salsasavannah.com

Lessons Sundays 1-3:30pm. Open to the public. Cost $3.00 per person. Wear closed toe leather soled shoes if available. For more information call 912-925-7416 or email savh_ tango@yahoo.com. Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/skill levels welcome. Every Sunday, Noon-1PM, Fitness Body and Balance Studio 2127 1/2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/four. 912-596-0889 or www. cairoonthecoast.com

Salsa Lessons

The perfect class for those with little to no dance background. Cybelle has been formally trained and has been performing for over a decade. $15/class. Tues: 7-8pm. Visit www. cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3.com or call 912-414-1091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

Salsa Savannah

August 6, 1:00 p.m. Singles welcome. St. Francis Cabrini Church Parish Hall, 11500 Middleground Rd. $5.

Shag music every Wednesday, 7pm, at Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. and every Friday, 7 pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr.

Meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Savannah

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Beginners pole dance offered Wednesdays 8pm, Level II Pole Dance offered Monday 8pm, $22/1 class, $70/4 classes, pre-registration required. Learn pole dance moves and spins while getting a full body workout. Also offering Pole Fitness Classes Monday & Wednesday 11am. For more info: www.fitnessbodybalance. com or 912-398-4776. Nothing comes off but your shoes.

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Experience Irish Culture through Irish social dancing. No partner or experience needed. Learn the basics of Irish Ceili dancing. 7176 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Mondays at 7:30 p.m. For more info email PrideofIrelandGA@gmail. com.

Dance Classes

Tuesdays at Tantra (8 E. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-9pm, open dancing 9pm-1am. Thursday at Saya (109 W. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-8pm, open dancing 9-11pm. Bachata lessons at Saya Thursdays from 8-9pm. For more info: www.salsasavannah. com, 912-704-8726.

Savannah Shag Club

The Savannah Dance Club

The Savannah Dance Club hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:15-11 p.m. FREE basic Shag and/or West Coast Swing lessons each Monday. Lesson schedule posted at Facebook/Savannah Dance Club. Dance lessons 6:15-7:45pm. Special discount on 2011 membership thru Feb 15. For info: Call 927-4784 or 398-8784 or visit Facebook/Savannah Dance Club

Events

The Ballet School is offering dance classes from Creative Movement thru Pre Professional level for Ballet, Character Classes, Adult Ballet, Modern, ZUMBA and a variety of adult Pilates/ Mat classes. July 25-Aug. 12. Picadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn St. Information: 912-925-0903 or theballetschoolsav.com

Cannon Firings

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Fort Pulaski National Monument will offer cannon firings on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Cannon firings will be offered three times daily on the weekends (staff permitting). 15 miles east of Savannah on Hwy 80. 912-786-5787, www.nps.gov/fopu

Meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Savannah

Irish Dance Classes

Glor na h’Eireann cultural arts studio is offering beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up, Adult Step & Ceili, Strength & Flexibility, non-competitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact PrideofIrelandGA@ gmail.com or 912-704-2052.

Fort Pulaski National Monument offers cannon firings on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Cannon firings will be offered three times daily on the weekends (staff permitting). 15 miles east of Savannah on Hwy 80. 912-786-5787, www.nps.gov/fopu

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During the spring and summer there will be daily cannon firing demonstrations at 11:00am and 2:00pm at Old Fort Jackson. Ongoing through August. Cost: Museum admission. 1 Old Fort Jackson Rd. 912-232-3945.

First Saturday Fun at the Fort

Fort King George State Historic Site in Darien. Cannon firings, musket drills, scavenger hunt, nature trail and kids activities. Sat. Aug 6. 10am-4pm. 302 McIntosh Rd. SE. Cost: $4-

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ARIES

(March 21–April 19) Symbolically speaking, there is a Holy Grail hidden close to you, and you know it, but you haven’t been able to find it. The Grail is a golden chalice filled with medicine that could open what needs opening in you. Luckily, you will soon come into possession (symbolically speaking) of a big, thick magical wand that can give you a new advantage. Here’s what I conclude: Use your wizard stick to locate the cup of wonder so you can take a big sip.

TAURUS

(April 20–May 20) Much of the work you’re doing right now is invisible to the naked eye, maybe even to your own naked eye. You’re learning a lot while you sleep, drawing sustenance from hidden reservoirs even when you’re awake, and steadily improving yourself through the arts of creative forgetting and undoing. Continue this subtle artistry, Taurus. Be cagey. Be discreet. Don’t underestimate how important silence and even secrecy may be for you right now. The healing transformations unfolding in almost total darkness should not be exposed or revealed prematurely; they should be protected with vigilance.

GEMINI

(May 21–June 20) *Either Way I’m Celebrating.* That’s the title of a poetry comic book by Sommer Browning, and I suggest that you consider it as a worthy title for your life in the coming days. The adventure you’re in the midst of could evolve in several possible directions, each with a different rhythm and tone, each with a distinct lesson and climax. But regardless of what path you end up taking, I’m almost positive you will have good reasons to throw yourself a party at the end. Having said that, though, I also advise you to decide which version of the story you prefer, then make it your strong intention to materialize it.

CANCER

(June 21–July 22) During the skunk mating season, two robust members of the species made the crawl space beneath my house their trysting place. The result was spectacular. Siren–like squalls rose from their ecstasy, spiraling up into my

kitchen accompanied by plumes of a stench that I imagined the Italian poet Dante, in his book *The Inferno,* might have identified as native to the ninth level of hell. Being as instinctively empathic as I am, I naturally appreciated how much delight the creatures were enjoying. At the same time, I wished they would take their revelry elsewhere. So I called on the Humane Society, an animal rescue group, to flush them out without harming them. If anything resembling this scenario takes place in your sphere, Cancerian –– if someone’s pursuit of happiness cramps your style –– I suggest you adopt my gentle but firm approach.

my book *Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia.* Given what they regard as the miserable state of the world, they feel it’s a sin to look for reasons to be cheerful. One especially dour critic said that after reading a few pages of the book, he took it out in his backyard, doused it with gasoline, and incinerated it. You may face similar opposition in your attempts to foment redemption, smoke out hope, and rally the troops, Libra. I urge you to be extra fierce in your devotion to peace, love, and understanding.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21)

apparent contradictions in your life. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not as contradictory as you think. Its seemingly paradoxical elements are in righteous harmony with each other at a higher level of understanding. Can you rise to that higher level so as to see what has been hidden from your view? I believe you can. For best results, let go of any temptation you might have to act as if you’re oppressively defined by your past.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) Psychologist and priest David Rickey counsels people who are about to be married. “You are perfectly mismatched,” he likes to tell them. “As much as you think you have chosen each other because of beauty or shared interests, the deeper reason is that unconsciously you know the other person is going to push your buttons. And the purpose of relationships is for you to discover and work on your buttons.” I share Rickey’s views, and offer them to you just in time to make maximum use of their wisdom. You see, Aquarius, you’re in a phase when you have extraordinary power to learn from and adjust to the challenges that come from having your buttons pushed by those you care about.

Haunts and Hags Cruises

A ghostly adventure on the Savannah River, every Friday night through October at 9:30pm. $28.95/adult, $19.95/children 12 & under. The Savannah Riverboat Company, 9 E. River St. www.savannahriverboat.com, 912-232-6404

HELLO Savannah! Networking Event

Key to Savannah hosts Thirsty Thursday Business Networking at the Savannah Sand Gnats. Land Sharks Landing inside Grayson Stadium, Thurs Aug 11, 6-10pm. Door prizes in the business card drawing. $13 includes food, drinks, & game ticket. RSVP before Aug 8 to Candace, 912-236-9539, candace@keytosavannah.com.

Reunion: The Child’s School/Ryan Hall

Sat. Aug. 13. Reunion for Ryan Hall, also known as The Child’s School, a Montessori-based school that operated in Savannah from 19731986. 11:30am - Friends and Family “Bring Your Own Lunch” at Forsyth Park (next to Forsyth Park Café). 6 pm - Reunion Dinner at former location of Ryan Hall, 17 W. Park Ave. Contact Elizabeth Hadwin at 912.355.6322 or ElizaRHad1@comcast.net

Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle rejected the prevailing scientific theory that life on this planet emerged by accident from a primordial soup. The chance of that happening was as likely as “a tornado sweeping through a junkyard [and assembling] a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.” I do think that something less amazing, but still semi–miraculous, is in the works for you, Leo. What do you imagine it might be? I’m getting a vision of a windy thunderstorm blowing through a junkyard in such a way as to assemble an impressionistic sculpture of you wearing a crown of flowers and X–Ray Specs as you ride confidently on the back of a lion.

Of all the adversaries I will ever face, my ego is the supreme challenge. It tries to trick me into thinking its interests are exactly the same as my own. It periodically strives to bamboozle me into believing that I should be motivated by pride, competitiveness, selfishness, or judgmental evaluations of other people. When I’m not vigilant, it lulls me into adopting narrow perspectives and subjective theories that are rife with delusions about the nature of reality. Don’t get me wrong: I still love my ego. Indeed, being on good terms with it is my only hope for keeping it from manipulating me. I bring this up, Scorpio, because it’s prime time for you to come to a riper understanding of your own ego so you can work out a tougher, more no–nonsense agreement with it.

VIRGO

SAGITTARIUS

In the 1939 film *The Wizard of Oz,* the yellow brick road symbolizes a path leading to all of life’s answers, to a place where fantasies can be fulfilled. Dorothy and her companions follow that road in the belief it will take them to the all–powerful Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City. While I don’t mind you playing with the idea that you may eventually find your own personal yellow brick road, for the immediate future I urge you to adopt the attitude Elton John articulated in his song, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”: “Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies beyond the yellow brick road.” It’s time to add more nuts–and–bolts pragmatism to your pursuit of happiness.

Sagittarian author Derrick Jensen wrote the book *A Language Older Than Words.* He weaves together the tale of his abusive childhood with an angry analysis of the damage human beings have done to the earth and each other. It’s a wrenching text, but in the end it offers redemption. A review by *Publisher’s Weekly* says that “Jensen’s book accomplishes the rare feat of both breaking and mending the reader’s heart.” I invite you to pursue a similar possibility, Sagittarius. Summon the courage to allow your heart to be broken by a blessed catharsis that will ultimately heal your heart so it’s even stronger and smarter than it was before the breaking.

LIBRA

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PISCES

(Feb. 19–March 20) In his song “Crazy,” British singer Seal repeats the following line numerous times for emphasis: “We’re never going to survive unless we get a little crazy.” I recommend it as a mantra for you to rely on in the coming days. Your emotional health will depend on your ability to laugh at yourself, play along with absurdity, and cultivate a grateful reverence for cosmic riddles. Being a little crazy will not only keep you robustly sane; it will also allow you to enjoy and capitalize on the divine comedy life presents you with.

Step Up Savannah:Poverty Simulation

Walk a mile in the shoes of the 27,000 working poor & low-income people in Savannah. Sept. 28 from 2-4:30pm at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Free admission, pre-registration required. Shawnte Tyler, 912232-6747 or styler@stepupsavannah.org. www. stepupsavannah.org.

Film & Video CineSavannah

A film series that seeks to bring new, first-run films to Savannah including critically acclaimed foreign films and documentaries, among others. To subscribe to information about the series, including screening dates and times, email: cinesavannah@att.net

Psychotronic Film Society

Hosts weekly screenings every Wednesday, 8pm, at the Sentient Bean. Offering up a selection of films so bad they are good, cult classics and other rarities. For upcoming schedule visit: www.sentientbean.com

Reel Savannah

Hosts screenings of critically acclaimed independent films from around the world at Victory Square Cinemas, 1901 E. Victory Dr. For schedule and more info, visit www.reelsavannah.org

Fitness Belly Drills

This is an intense dance workout utilizing basic bellydance moves. Geared to all levels of ability. Dance your way to a better sense of well being. Bring water bottle. Thurs: 7-8pm. $15/class. Visit www.cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3. com or call 912-414-1091. Walk-ins welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

Bellydancing for fun and fitness

The most fun class you’ve ever taken to get you in the best shape in the least amount of time. We provide bright colorful veils, jangling coin hip scarves, and exotic music. Every Wednesday, 6:30pm. $15 drop-in or $40 for four classes. Call 912-660-7399 or email ConsistentIntegrity@ yahoo.com

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VING TSUN (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Using angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against them makes VING TSUN Kung Fu effective for everyone. Call Sifu Michael Sampson to find out about our free trial classes 912-429-9241. 11202 White Bluff Road. Drop Ins welcome.

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

Mondays, 10-11am (crawlers and toddlers) and 11:30-12:45 (infants and pre-crawlers) at the Savannah Yoga Center. The cost is $14 per class. Multi-class discounts are available. Walk-ins welcome. Call 232-2994 or visit www. savannahyoga.com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St., Savannah http://www.savannahyoga.com/

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am-10:30am. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private classes are by appointment only. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor. Call 912.238-0018 Momentum Pilates Studio, 310 E. 41st St. http://savannahpilates. com/

Pregancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 8-week sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:15 PM at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Pre-natal yoga helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. Cost is $100 for 8 weeks. Call Ann Carroll at 912-704-7650 e-mail ann@ aikyayoga.com.

Rolf Method Bodywork

For posture, chronic pain and alignment of body/mind/spirit. Jeannie Kelley, LMT, certified advanced Rolf practitioner. www.islandsomatherapy.com, 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street, Savannah

The Yoga Room

Visit www.thesavannahyogaroom.com or call 898-0361 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr., Savannah

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. 6.30 p.m., Tuesdays and 12:10 p.m., Thursdays, FitnessOne, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial University Medical Center. Call 912-350-9031.

ZUMBA Fitness Classes

3 weekly 1-hour sessions. Thursdays, July 28, Aug 4 & 11. 7:15-8:15pm at The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. $10/class or $28/ 3 sessions. Info: 912-631-0950.

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Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or www.firstcitynetwork.org. 307 E Harris St., Savannah

Gay AA Meeting

meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 311 E. Macon St. Savannah

Georgia Equality Savannah

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263.

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call 912-288-7863 or email heather@savpride.com. First City Network, Savannah http://www.firstcitynetwork.net/

Stand Out Youth

A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at the FCN building located at 307 E. Harris St. Call 657-1966, email info@ standoutyouth.org or visit www.standoutyouth. org. First City Network, Savannah http://www. firstcitynetwork.net/

What Makes A Family

A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 352-2611.

Health Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings

Conducted at three locations. From 8:30a.m.12:30p.m. and 5:15p.m.-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the SJ/C African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605 for appt. Every Monday from 10a.m.-12p.m. at the Smart Senior office, No. 8 Medical Arts Center. No appt necessary. Every Monday-Friday from 10a.m.2p.m. at St. Mary’s Community Center at 812 W. 36th St. Call 447-0578.

Free hearing & speech screening

Hearing: Every Thurs. 9-11 a.m. Speech: 1st Thurs. of each month. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 3554601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www. savannahspeechandhearing.org/

Healthcare for the Uninsured

St. Mary’s Health Center is open for health needs of uninsured residents of Chatham County. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 443-9409. St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St.

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Hypnobirthing Classes

Offers a variety of programs every month including guided trips with naturalists, canoe rides and more. Their mission is to develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. For more information: 912-236-8115 or sign-up on our website www.wilderness-southeast.org.

A method used at Fort Campbell to treat lack of sleep, anger, flashbacks, nightmares and emotional numbness in veterans is available in Savannah. 927-3432. Offered at the Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway. Ongoing series of 5-week sessions held Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Saturdays, 9-11:30am. Open to all women regardless of birth site. Private instructions also available. For more info, contact: Sharon Kennedy, 904327-0499, kennedysharon47@gmail.com or Joyce Ann Leaf, 912- 844-2762, douladeliveries@comcast.net

La Leche League of Savannah

Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 10am. La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. 897-9544, www.lllusa.org/web/SavannahGA. html. Savannah

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

Meet with others who practice meditation or want to learn how, discuss techniques, & related areas of holistic health, healing, Reiki, Energy Medicine, CAM. Reduce stress, increase peace & health! For info: www.ellenfarrell.com or 912-247-4263

Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women who want information on health services. Open every night from 7-11p.m. 1-800-264-7154.

Nature and Environment Dolphin Project of Georgia

The Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at your school, club or organization. We offer a fascinating powerpoint with sound and video about our estuarine dolphins and their environment. We have age-appropriate programs and related handouts. For details about TDP: www.thedolphinproject.org

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Offering a variety of fun educational programs including Beach Discovery Walks, Marsh Treks, Turtle Talks and the Coastal Georgia Gallery, which features an up close look at dozens of local species. Open daily, 10am-5pm. For more info, call 912-786-5917 or visit www.tybeemarinescience.org. Tybee Island

Walk on the Wild Side

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center offers a 2-mile Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats, and features live native animal exhibits. Open daily from 10-4 except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 8983980, www.oatlandisland.org. 711 Sandtown

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$9 FOR 9 LIVES program will expand to reduce the adoption fee for all cats ages 1-7 and all kittens to just $9 at the Palmetto Animal League Adoption Center, which is located off Highway 170 in the Riverwalk Business Park, Okatie South Carolina (near Bluffton) and is open Monday through Saturday from Noon-7pm.

Low Cost Pet Clinic

Tails Spin and Dr. Lester host low cost vaccine clinic for students, military and seniors on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5-6pm. The cost for each vaccination is $12.00, with $2.00 from each vaccination to be donated to Savannah Pet Rescue Agencies. Habersham Village Shopping Center. For more info: www.tailsspin.com

Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Festival and information fair on responsible dog ownership sponsored by the Savannah Kennel Club. Sun. Sept. 18, 1-4pm in Daffin Park. Part of a nationwide series of American Kennel Club events.

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Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

meets the last Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605.

Tea time at Ola’s

A book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. Call Beatrice Wright at 652-3660. Bring your ideas and lunches. Tea will be provided. 232-5488 or 652-3660. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, Savannah http://www. liveoakpl.org/ CS

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